On February 25th, a first batch of approximately 30,000 vaccines will make its way to the people of Tobago.
General Manager of Primary Care of the Tobago Regional Health Authority Dr Roxanne Mitchell, said distribution of the vaccine will take place at the Scarborough, Roxborough and Canaan health centres at a rate of 50 people per day in the initial stage.
She said priority will be given to all “cadres of healthcare and frontline workers and persons over 18. Adults with pre-existing conditions and persons over 60 will also be given priority.”
According to Dr Mitchell, the vaccination schedule will be posted followed by the rollout of the first and second dose of the vaccine fourteen days later. The distribution of the vaccine will be implemented by an electronically managed appointment system to ensure that persons receive both the first and second dose.
She assured that there will be more than enough to provide for those illegible on the island.
“We will send out pre-registration information so that persons may contact us via text messages, what app messages, emails and phone calls, in a bid to schedule appointments so that persons can receive the vaccine.”
She said after the first vaccine, they will have persons wait 20-30 minutes to see whether or not they have had an acute reaction to the vaccine. If anyone has an immediate acute reaction, such reactions will be medically treated accordingly.
Tobago has gone 19 days with no new COVID-19 cases and there are also no active cases on the island.